Politics

Election 2014
8:20 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Southwest Ranches Voters Complain About Chatter

Credit Selima Hussain / WLRN

  The atmosphere outside of the Southwest Ranches Town Hall precinct was quiet. The air was breezy, the only noise coming from Griffin Road and a clanging flagpole. Some voters wished it were that quiet when they were actually voting.

“[Voting is] good, it’s easy, it’s quick. If everybody in the room – the officials – would not talk,” says Vikki Yarborough in a firm voice. “That’s my biggest beef.”

Yarborough, 58, says the loud chatter of officials who work on Election Day can be distracting.

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The Gorvernor's Race
12:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Analysis: What Florida's Republican-Controlled Legislature Might Look Like Under Scott Or Crist

A poll released by Quinnipiac University the day before Election Day gives Charlie Crist a one-point advantage over Rick Scott. Pollsters say that makes the race too close to call.
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What will the Florida Legislature look like with Republican Rick Scott or Democrat Charlie Crist as governor? A lot depends on whether Republicans not only retain control of the Legislature, but regain a super majority -- making their policy decisions veto-proof.

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Election 2014
1:16 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Miami Story: What Voting For The First Time Taught Me About My Parents

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When I crouched over my ballot at the Lemon City public library last Friday, I had to keep telling myself "OK, you can do this." I don't know why I was so nervous. I guess I realized I had been waiting for that moment for seven years.

I'm 25-years-old, and this midterm election was the first one I've ever voted in.

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Election 2014
9:44 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Last-Minute Grassroots Efforts From Joe Garcia

Campaign volunteers are making phone calls to registered voters in their area.
Credit Lisann Ramos

For campaign volunteers across the country, this is crunch time.  

Candidates such as Congressman Joe Garcia are turning to grassroots efforts to get members of their district to go out and vote. This means making phone calls and knocking on doors.

“Folks in this district know us. We’ve been here a long time. We grew up in these neighborhoods, we’ve worked with these folks," said Garcia, who was in Palmetto Bay this morning making calls with his volunteers. 

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The Governor's Race
4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

LIVE: Election Night Across The State

Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Scroll through our live feed of tweets from Election Day across the state. We're keeping you updated all day and through the night on air and online.

We want to hear from you, too. Are you seeing long lines at your polling place? What issues are getting you out this Tuesday?

Tweet your local public radio station with the hashtag #ElectionDay -- your comments might get online or on air.

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The Governor's Race
2:25 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Scott, Crist Tied on Eve of Election Day

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, right, hugs his running mate Annette Taddeo, as he arrives for campaign event at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, Monday in Miami. At left is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 1:14 pm

The race between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, remains essentially tied as the campaign enters its final day.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed Crist had 42 percent of the vote to Scott's 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie had 7 percent with 9 percent undecided.

A Quinnipiac poll last week showed Crist with a 43-40 lead.

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Politics
9:23 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Election Eve In Florida

The finger-pointing and mudslinging almost is over. There is an end to the negative ads. Floridians will choose their next governor and it's safe to say that man already has served as governor. And he has served as a Republican. 

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Politics
8:12 am
Mon November 3, 2014

How Effective Are Florida Lawmakers?

This Congress is seen as the least active in history.
Credit Matt Laslo

This Congress is the least active in the nation’s history. In the past two years, the body has passed only 181 bills that were signed into law by the president. Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, doesn’t rate it very highly.

“This is an embarrassing and miserable Congress, really one of the worst I've ever seen,” he says.

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Election
4:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:49 am

It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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Politics
10:08 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Crunch Time For Scott And Crist, Plus Pam Bondi's Lobbyists

Credit Peter Andrew Bosch (Crist), Emily Michot (Scott)/ Miami Herald Staff

It’s down to the final days of the 2014 campaign.

Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist make last minute pitches as more than one million Floridians already have voted.

But this is Florida. And this is an extremely tight race for governor. What will happen if there’s a recount?

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Keys elections
9:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

In Florida Keys, Local Elections Carry a Sting

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District combats mosquitoes by spraying larvicide by helicopters and planes.
Credit Florida Keys Mosquito Control District

In this election, voters in the Keys will cast some ballots that are unusual even for South Florida. They'll decide who leads the county's war on mosquitoes.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board meets once a month with one primary mission: "To make sure that there is no disease spread in the Florida Keys by mosquitoes," said Stephen Smith, the board's chairman.

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Amendment One
6:21 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On Environmental Funding In Florida's Constitution, Support Not Partisan

Amendment One is officially known as the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. Environmental preservation under the amendment would be funded for the next 20 years by 33 percent of the revenue from a real estate transaction fee known as a doc stamp.
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Florida voters will decide whether environmental preservation becomes part of the state Constitution. Amendment 1 is a citizens’ initiative born from nearly a million petition signatures.

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Politics
4:09 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Dream Defenders Get Attention With Bulletproof Vest Campaign

The #VestOrVote campaign features a billboard of a child wearing a bulletproof vest. The ad says the "Dream Vest" can be purchased by calling a toll-free number or visiting DreamDefenders.org. The vest isn't really for sale. Callers and web visitors are given more information about the Dream Defenders.
Credit DreamDefenders.org

The activist group Dream Defenders was founded in Florida two and a half years ago after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

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Ballot Suit
4:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Groups Settle Lawsuit Over Broward County Ballots

The card Broward County voters will receive reminding them to vote on every ballot item.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

A group challenging a Broward County ballot design they say is confusing has settled a lawsuit with the county’s Supervisor of Elections.

Now, Broward County voters will receive a bright yellow card when they go to cast their votes. The card reminds voters they have a choice on four separate ballot questions on the second page of the ballot, not three.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scott Defends Order on Ebola Monitoring

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:16 am

Gov. Rick Scott defended his decision to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-affected countries, saying Monday it's "the right thing to do" to protect Floridians. 

Appearing beside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a campaign event in Wellington, Scott said his executive order would ensure that the state wards off an outbreak and goes beyond actions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I want to make sure that ... we don't do what CDC did — they got behind," he said. "We're not going to get behind. We're going to be prepared."

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